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Signs of Geek

At 6 AM, there were four people lined up already outside the AT&T store, waiting for the new iPhone.  Three had camp chairs, the fourth was squatted down, banging away on his laptop.  Hope he's got a long-life battery.

And I am proud to say that I am JUST geeky enough to get today's www.xkcd.com/599/  without peeking at Wikipedia.  Paul Erdos was one of the most prolific authors in the field of mathematics in the last century.  He also co-authored many, many papers, and among mathematicians,  to have an 'Erdos number' > 0 meant you had co-authored a paper with him.  Once he died, the Erdos number was frozen, so, if the dead come back, any REAL mathematician would drop everything to write a paper and rush it to his grave, to increment his Erdos number.  Fbomb the Second Coming and the Horsemen and all, this is IMPORTANT!  :)

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ccdesan
Jun. 19th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Well thanks for the illumination, 'cuz I went to WP and still didn't get it. (Although I knew who Erdős was, it was an interesting read all the same.)
carlfoxmarten
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
To get the reference to Kevin Bacon, you'd need to look-up Bacon Numbers.

Basically the same thing as an Erdos Number, but for movies that actors were in with Kevin Bacon (who, incidentally, had/has a bit of fascination with mathematics).
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  • sleepyjohn00
    1 Dec 2015, 01:51
    I so totally would.... one year ... one of these years
  • sleepyjohn00
    30 Nov 2015, 03:18
    I'm just worn out with sitting in the coldest part of the building (any building), waiting for people to come in for their picture, and finding out they came by two hours after the posted close.
  • sleepyjohn00
    30 Nov 2015, 03:17
    http://www.dickensfair.com/

    You would have a glorious time. Lord Verisopht scandalizing Emily Fezziwig in the parlour of Tavistock House, with Mr. Dickens' butler looking on with vast disapproval.…
  • sleepyjohn00
    29 Nov 2015, 22:20
    one day I should like to see this "Dickens Christmas Fair"
  • sleepyjohn00
    16 Nov 2015, 22:55

    Mwahahahahahahaha!!!! :)
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